Setting here, watching the first snow fall of the season… I don’t think it will amount to too much and we can always use the moisture… I went and helped neighbors the other day, gathered their cows, sorted them for age, poured them and started hauling them home.. when I got home I rode down south and brought the cows home we sold calves off earlier,. in case this first snow was a bad blizzard.. amazing how events like Atlas make you remember things and prepare…. this morning Cindy and I drove down south, hauling out garbage  and then checking tanks.. I didn’t have  a wrench I needed so went back later and let all the water out of the big above ground storage tank and a windmill.. there was a little buck chasing a doe around.. haven’t seen to many deer around this year, tho’ I did see a nice back the other day on the way to a neighbors. Yesterday was Loren and Florence Morelands auction.. pretty fair crowd and I got a few things.. one is an old fashioned wire stretcher, that still works.. I had an old rusty one that didn’t work, but you couldn’t use it.. this one could still be used.. it will look good hanging on the wall. Got a couple of lite fold up beds with thin mattresses.. ought to be handy when their is extra company around and when we go camping.. got some iron eveners for the team.. enough for a four abreast set up, tho I only have two Haflingers at the moment. sold a couple this fall..plans and preparations are underway for this years Thanksgiving.. got all the boys and kids coming and a few extra’s perhaps.. first big event in the new house.. speaking of.. I did a bit of chinking for Cindy this morning.. need to get some more buckets of chink, so told Tate to pick some up next time he goes to Custer… went down by Hill City  a few weeks ago and got the first song recored for the new album.. I need to keep after that, but seems there is always something going on that takes precedence… got an open house for the new hall at Red Owl this Sunday, starting at noon. We will feed people and give them a little entertainment. It looks real nice. We are shipping the rest of the calves on Tuesday.. looks like the market has gotten better a bit since the last ones we sold and hopefully these will have put on weight. Preg testing the next day. We got some hay in, I may have a plan for the upcoming winter and summer and if it works will have to get more hay in.. Chance is working on a fencing job with a buddy south of here that should keep them busy for quite awhile.. a bunch of buffalo fence.. got a bunch of dirt and gravel hauled in, in front of the house so it is better and flatter for people to park in front of the house…deer season opened last weekend and I have a guy who is supposed to be out one of these days.. I told him we might find a doe for him, but there weren’t many deer around.. we shall see…

Got the extra screws we needed and Chance got them in the new windbreak today. So it’s done.. 10 foot high, 96 feet long on each wing… got a guy coming with a scraper to work on a dirt windbreak I started years ago… hopefully he can get it built up and shaped up so it works even better. Seems to me if you make it right, out of dirt, it should last almost forever… might do some other odd jobs while we got him here… we found prairie dogs and they are smart and Chance has forgot how to shoot evidently.. he’s cussing himself because he keeps missing and he’s only shooting about 350 yards!😀 LOL

Got up in the 70’s today. I chinked on the small places that needed it on the outside of the house yesterday. Still got some to do on the inside but it’s hard on my hands.. still got to get it done. We got a tank installed this afternoon, if the cement holds and doesn’t blow out in the bottom. It’s about 12 foot across and real shallow where the water line is, so we couldn’t just pour cement flat but had to dip down where the water inlet is and float so it is less likely to freeze up in cold weather… hopefully it works and all we will have to do is finish filling it up. We may put a top on it and insulate it for a winter tank. Sets just north of the new house. I had a big cement ring to set around the float and over flow pipe. When I went to tip it over it busted.. sorry cement in it evidently so I will have to get a new one of those… hope this nice weather holds for awhile.. looked at the cattle yesterday and didn’t find any sick calves. I always worry about them when we get these warm days and cool nights… wish the market would perk up. We are supposed to go with the bulk of the rest of them in a few weeks but think we will hold off awhile.. market keeps wanting to go down so we need as many pounds as we can get on them…. got good feed for them and the cows are in good shape, so keep them on awhile.. most of these were born after the first of May, so they really aren’t that old…

Chance and I laid out a big windbreak the last couple days. Went and got I beams for the posts and Cindy helped us square it up. We got the holes dug and most of the I beams put in yesterday. Sam and Gus helped us too. We had the skid steer and Gus hauled the posts and dropped them by the holes and Sam got to move a few that way also. They both helped square the posts and get them plumb and tamp the dirt back in the poles.. hopefully we will get the rest up today. Maybe go get the boards and tin for it. I have to go pick up a load of cows tomorrow. Sure been nice weather, gets up about 60 each day. We’ve been checking the cattle, looking for calves who may be getting sick. They are all doing good at the moment. Probably ship another load of calves next month. Almost halloween. Time flies! I am supposed to go and start recording a new album. Hope to get some of my friends involved who play good musical instruments. Also got some projects in the leather shop, not to mention things that still need done on the house.. guess it’s good to always have something to do. Keeps me from getting bored!

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Addy Bear came and got me at the house where I was chinking, yesterday, to ask if I was ready to ride… so i quit and we went and saddled up, and rode out and moved some cattle further south. Windy, but fun. Really windy today. Helped a neighbor ship calves this morning and it was nice but then this wind whipped up and it’s a booger!

Cindy and I took off about noon on Friday, went to Rapid and did a few things then on to Hot Springs for the Badger Clark Gathering… we had nice audiences and lots of fun. Sure wears you out having all that fun. But we are doing it again this weekend at Ft Pierre for their gathering…ought to be just as much fun… hope it’s not as tiring!😀

Been getting pretty warm, up in the high 80’s to 90’s the last few days. Wind is blowing out of the south and really sup[posed to blow today and tomorrow and all thru’ the night… we doctored a few calves so decided to go ahead and give fall shots and pour them, sooner than we planned. I shoved calves up the chute while Tate and Chance and Hope handled them in the squeeze.. Kelvin handed vaccine guns to Chance and helped him at the head catch. I was tired when we got done. Started at 6:30 in the morning  and got done at 6:30 that night. I put the word out i had Kelvin here and we were looking for riding, so went and helped a neighbor work their calves. Might go tomorrow and help another. Yesterday Kelvin and i took a young horse up to Dustin’s for a refresher course then rode up to Crow’s Peak by Spearfish.. we couldn’t get quite to the top, trail just stopped. Cindy and I and Del and Geo hiked it some years back and it was different up there, you could get clear to the top, so don’t know what changed, but it was a tight, steep, rocky area to get a hose turned around.. sure was glad there were only two of us. There was a fire there summer and it burnt quite a few of the trees but not as much of the underbrush as i thought it would.. be interesting to go ride it next year and see what changed.. Kelvin leaves Saturday to go back home.. going to seem odd not having him around..

Or Artist Ride. We left Wednesday about noon and got back about 5 yesterday evening. Tired but happy. It has been going on for 32 years and we haven’t missed many years of it. My friend Kelvin is here and he rode so much he just sat around on Sunday. It was overcast and rainy on Friday so there wasn’t many pictures taken that day. But Saturday was bright and sunny and we did a lot of scenes with cows and horses. There were calvary soldiers drilling on the parade ground when we came back to camp.All kinds of different activities in the “town”, which is where there are several old buildings and many canvas tents set up to form a street. Wish I could show pictures, but the artist who come to get material pay  a fee to shoot these pictures with the exclusive right to them to be used in their art work. But if you are a fan of western art, you’ve seen many pictures that came from the Artist Ride. I sure hope we can get back next year with new idea’s for the artists and the fun we all have. It’s like a family reunion every year, except everyone gets along and enjoys each others company. If you are on Facebook, watch my page and you may see some photos that came from there…

 

Not real sure at what we been busy about, but seems like there is always something… I’ve pulled some loads with the new pickup and it pulls well, I really like the engine brake, drove down to a gig  in the southern part of the start and back and got over 17 miles to the gallon.. that seemed pretty good.seems to get better mileage at 70 than slower… been getting stuff ready for the Artist Ride coming up fast… Kelvin, my friend from Denmark flies in Saturday evening for an extended visit… I let the cows into the middle pasture today for fresh grass. they seem to be enjoining it..we’ve been getting some storms passing thru’, some days we get rain some times mostly wind and lightning.. no fires real close to here but all around us it sounds like.. we are still pretty green, considering how dry it’s been.. been working on the house getting some chinking done.. almost got the outside chinking done..Cindy started working the Rally lastFriday night.. she works from 7 to 5 the next morning.. so our sleep schedule has been all messed up.. Laramie and Bob came and shod up the horses for me the other day.. should be riding my colt I guess, suppose I am going to have to send him back toDustin for awhile… then I know he will be good.

Chance Tate and I had an appointment in Sturgis yesterday, so they rode with me then we went on to Rapid to the chiro, and then came home.. this morning Cindy and I headed south to Wall, signed papers for a loan on a new pickup then went on and took delivery at Kadoka. 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 dually. Drives and rides almost as nice as a Caddy.. got the Cummins engine.. sure like it, but now we have to pay for the dang thing.. anyone looking, give Mike a call at Billion Auto in Sioux Falls. We looked and tried to make a deal in the Hills but couldn’t get what we wanted for the same money.

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I’ll see how it handfuls a load tomorrow when I go get bulls. Hope I have better luck than the last time when I blew a trailer tire with no lug wrench to take it off with.. oh well, I got new tires on the trailer, so it will probably be fine..

Been getting up around or over a hundred every day lately. I put two window air conditioners in the new house and it makes it bearable… Cindy is thinking central air!

Our friend Carl has been here most of this week getting photographs for a new deal he is working on. Revisiting all the people he took photos of 20 years ago. Hopefully most of us will be around to do it again in another 20!

Rick came and helped with the house a couple days this week. He and Tate got lots done. It’s getting closer to done, but still plenty to do and it ain’t no fun when it gets this hot… Wyatt stopped in and helped one day also.

The hailstorm a week or so ago had a sliver ling. A guy who had bees out in the area that got hammered came and asked to set them up here where we weren’t effected, so we now have some bees and will get some honey. I’ve wanted some for years but never could get anyone interested.. hopefully they will help get some alfalfa seed this fall on old hay ground we grazed early.

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